KidsREAD, an offshoot of the Sarasota County School District’s Reading Recovery Program, provides intensive reading tutoring to about 60 struggling readers at sites each summer. Children participating in the summer program receive four hours of one-on-one reading instruction weekly for seven weeks.
The program seeks to prevent summer-slide and effects are showing children making amazing gains with nearly 80 percent of the children who entered the program behind were reading at grade level by the end of the initiative.
The program takes place at five Boys and Girls Clubs in Sarasota, the R.L. Taylor Community Complex and the SKY Family YMCA in Venice. The effort is funded through philanthropy, with partners including Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and private donors, including philanthropists Keith and Linda Monda.